Blood shortage is a condition in which the blood supply in the body is less than the normal amount. The human body is made up of about 5 liters of blood. It is the life-saving fluid that flows through our veins and arteries, carrying oxygen to all parts of our bodies.
When we have a shortage of blood in the body, it can be very serious. Without enough blood, vital organs like the heart and brain may not get enough oxygen, which can cause them to fail or die.
Causes of Blood Shortage.
Blood shortage can be acute (temporary) or chronic (long term). Acute blood shortage may be caused by bleeding in the mouth or nose, cuts or wounds, severe burns, or dental procedures that involve removing large amounts of tissue from the gums and teeth, surgery or bleeding. Chronic blood shortage can result from bleeding disorders such as hemophilia. Chronic blood shortage may also occur if you have very heavy periods or if you are pregnant and your body needs extra blood for the fetus and placenta.
It can also be caused by certain medical conditions like anemia (a lack of red blood cells) or thrombocytopenia (a lack of platelets).
Signs and Symptoms of Blood Shortage.
The first sign of a blood shortage can be dizziness or fainting due to low blood pressure caused by too little circulating blood. If you feel faint or experience any other symptoms such as weakness, pain or shortness of breath after minor injuries like cuts or burns, see your doctor immediately since these could indicate that you are bleeding internally without realizing it.
Consequences of Blood Shortage.
People who suffer from a severe shortage of blood can experience a number of unpleasant consequences. If there is not enough blood in your body, it can affect almost every organ system and cause a wide range of problems:
Palpitations and Chest Pain: When you start to lose blood, your heart rate increases as it tries to pump more blood through your body. This can cause palpitations and chest pain.
Anemia: blood shortage can lead to heart failure — when your heart cannot pump blood effectively through your body.
Fainting: The most common is fainting, which occurs when the brain doesn’t get enough oxygen-rich blood.
Heatstroke: Another possible consequence is heatstroke — a potentially deadly condition that occurs when your body overheats due to extreme exertion or high temperatures.
Heart Failure: A lack of oxygen causes heart failure. This is especially dangerous because it can happen suddenly and without warning signs. Heart failure is often fatal unless treated immediately with oxygen therapy or a ventilator (breathing machine).
Brain Damage: A lack of oxygen causes brain damage that leads to seizures, coma, and possibly death if not treated immediately with oxygen therapy.
Other consequences include:
✓Dizziness or fainting when you stand up.
✓Feeling weak or tired easily.
✓Having cold hands or feet.
✓Having frequent nosebleeds.
Originally posted 2022-06-25 01:49:42.